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abash

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of abash

  1. to throw into a state of self-conscious distress felt terribly abashed when she walked into the wrong hotel room Synonyms of abash embarrass, confound, confuse, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, faze, fluster, mortify, nonplus, rattleWords Related to abash agitate, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, put off, put out, unhinge, unsettle, upset; debase, degrade, demean, humble, humiliate, queer, shameNear Antonyms of abash calm, comfort, console, relieve, soothe; buoy, cheer, embolden, encourage, hearten; assure, reassure

Synonym Discussion of abash

embarrass, discomfit, abash, disconcert, rattle mean to distress by confusing or confounding. embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action.
    • The question embarrassed her so much she couldn't answer
discomfit implies a hampering or frustrating accompanied by confusion.
    • Hecklers discomfited the speaker
abash presupposes some initial self-confidence that receives a sudden check, producing shyness, shame, or a feeling of inferiority.
    • abashed by her swift and cutting retort
disconcert implies an upsetting of equanimity or assurance producing uncertainty or hesitancy.
    • disconcerted by finding so many in attendance
rattle implies an agitation that impairs thought and judgment.
    • rattled by all the television cameras


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